Star Wars
Battlefront - Renegade Squadron

Format: PSP

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Age Restrictions: 12+
15 October 2007

A ragtag ensemble of battle-hardened rogues and scoundrels have been assembled by Han Solo. Gathered to execute some of the most secretive operations in the Rebel Alliance's war against the Galactic Empire, the Renegade Squadron participates in battles spanning the galaxy. From the Valley of the Sith on Korriban to a dogfight in space through the remains of Alderaan, Solo directs the team on missions of sabotage, rescue and retrieval...

In Renegade Squadron, robust customisation options replace the class system seen in previous Star Wars: Battlefront titles, allowing for millions of possible unique combatants. With weapons, equipment and abilities that you can select yourself, no two allies will likely ever look or perform exactly the same. The game also boasts expanded multiplayer options for the PSP. Up to 16 players can compete against each other over the Internet or eight via the PSP system's ad-hoc wireless connection.

First impressions of this game are that it looks great, but is a little too fiddley for the PSP. The controls are a pig to get used to, but the end result is worth it. Thankfully there is an in-game tutorial to help you get to grips with the basics.

Beginning with the evacuation of Yavin 4 (end of A New Hope) and ending with the Battle of Endor (Return of the Jedi), the game's original story features 11 battles as seen through the eyes of a clandestine Rebel team personally selected by Han Solo.

New maps include Ord Mantell, Boz Pity, Korriban, Sullust and Saleucami, plus new space battles at Kessel, Hoth, and the remnants of Alderaan. Renegade Squadron also adds a second Hoth map, plus a new interpretation of Endor.

This game also allows you, for the first time, fly aboard the Millennium Falcon, Darth Vader's TIE Advanced, Jango and Boba Fett's Slave I, and Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi starfighter. It also debuts B-wings and TIE defenders in space, plus A5-R Juggernauts, T4-B heavy tanks and mountable carrion spats on land. In addition, new land-based heroes include Admiral Ackbar, Ben Kenobi (Episode IV), IG-88, Asajj Ventress and Kit Fisto.

If you are a fan of the Battlefront series, then you'll lap this portable version up. Great graphics, interesting gameplay - but a nightmare to master.

Nick Smithson

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